November Teacher Spotlight – Angela Saenz
Where were you raised (City, State)?
I was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, but I grew up in Douglasville, Georgia.
Where did you go to college?
I attended the University of Georgia and graduated with my BSED in Middle Grades Education (GO DAWGS!)
When did you start teaching in CCSD?
I began teaching in Cherokee County Schools in 2014.
How long have been at ETBMS?
This is my 4th year at E.T. Booth.
What subjects have you taught in CCSD?
Language Arts since I arrived in Cherokee County
Family (Spouse, kids, pets)?
My mom, dad, and older brother currently live back in Douglasville along with my dog, Lily.
What’s the most innovative idea that you’ve tried in your classroom?
Every year, I have my students teach types of pronouns. Students have the opportunity to work in groups and be the teacher. I get to see students step up and take on leadership roles while they get to experience the life of a teacher.
Who is the best teacher you ever had and what made him or her special?
That is an extremely difficult question because I had many wonderful teachers throughout my life. One of my best teachers in high school would be my Theory of Knowledge teacher, Mr. Daniell. He taught me that I could learn to love anything, and I believe that to this day. He is special because he showed his students how much he cared for us daily while teaching and challenging us every day.
What can parents do to prepare their children for learning?
One of the best things a parent can do is to read a book with their child at night and ask them questions on a daily basis. When parents value school, students value it as well.
What are the obstacles to getting all kids to achieve?
One of the biggest obstacles is getting students to believe in themselves. When students believe in themselves, they gain confidence which ultimately leads to achievement.